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What I Ate Wednesday #5

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I haven’t done a WIAW in awhile; please comment or send me a message if you like these food posts so I can keep bringing them to you! This is all vegetarian:

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I LOVE this breakfast I came up with: Annie’s chocolate cereal, with almond milk, topped with cacao nibs and a sliced banana. It’s basically [healthy-ish] dessert for breakfast; you’re welcome.

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In between work and errands, I picked up lunch from La Tour Cafe in Aina Haina: avocado toast! It came with a side salad and a very tasty, creamy dressing.

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I stopped home in the afternoon before my evening job and had some coffee and half of a Bouchon Bakery cookie (made by me, from a box mix). It’s kind of like a homemade oreo. I have to say, I wasn’t really a fan (but I still ate the second half later, after dinner, because in any battle against sugar, I am the loser).

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My homemade dinner was healthy and delectable: quinoa mixed with red onion, kale, parmesan cheese and capers, topped with roasted acorn squash and a soft-boiled egg. So good!

What did you eat today?


HealthySkoop Powders

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I have been eating smoothie bowls almost daily all summer. One of my favorite add-ins I’ve found are powders by Healthy Skoop. My favorite for flavor (and to add a thicker consistency) is the Choco-lot Plant-based protein powder (16 grams of plant-based protein delivered with only 1 gram of coconut sugar per serving).

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These delicious powders are

  • Gluten-Free
  • Soy-Free
  • Vegan / vegetarian (whey-free & dairy-free)
  • Non-GMO
  • QAI-Certified Organic (contains 80% organic ingredients)

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And if all that isn’t enough motivation to try this brand, how about this: they donate 3% of every purchase to Project Produce, a give-back initiative they co-founded to help kids eat more fruits and veggies.

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The greens blend (which pairs perfectly with sweet fruit to mask the most savory taste) naturally fights inflammation, boosts energy and powers your best, most resilient super-self. Smoothie bowls can be difficult to make since they consistency and thickness needs to be just right; powders are a huge help. Especially if you’re vegetarian or vegan, it can also be helpful to add some protein to your bowl, to ensure you’re properly fueled.

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Click here to try a free HealthySkoop sample!


Avocado Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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This a recipe for a delicious, healthy on-the-go breakfast that I adapted from a similar recipe I found in a magazine.

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Each cookie has about 160 calories (perfect then as a snack, or to make a full meal, paired with nonfat yogurt or juice, or topped with peanut butter).

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I prefer to halve this recipe so that I don’t get sick of eating these cookies before they run out.

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Avocado Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 avocado (peeled & pitted, of course)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup plain 0% or low-fat yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups dates

Optional mix-ins: nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, bee pollen

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avocado date breakfast cookies

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper OR foil (if using foil, also top with nonstick cooking spray)
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium/large bowl
  4. Combine all the wet ingredients (everything else) in a food processor
  5. Combine the wet ingredients to the dry
  6. Add any of the optional mix-ins, to taste
  7. Bake for 19 minutes, until slightly crispy/golden brown on top
  8. Cool slightly
  9. Enjoy!

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Egg Shop {New York}

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In May, I visited New York City for a yoga teacher training (more on that to come). After the training ended, I had a day to hang out with one of my best friends, who I was crashing with.

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We started the leisurely day walking from her apartment to Egg Shop, in the Lower East Side, stopping at Mud for coffee on the way.

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Mikayla and I both LOVE eggs, so we were destined to love Egg Shop. I mean, what food isn’t improved with an egg? Mik decided to be all healthy by ordering the appropriately named “Spandex.”

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This beautiful bowl consisted of poached egg, miso quinoa, avocado, pickled carrot, farm greens and gluten-free tamari (tastes like soy sauce). IT WAS SO GOOD. I want to stock all the ingredients for this in my fridge and just make it all the time.

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I had the”Pepper Boy:” soft scramble, gruyere, bell pepper, maple cured bacon , caramelized onion aioli, all in a bell pepper. This can also come served as a panini, but Mikayla had ordered healthily, so I went for my healthier option too. This was very delicious, but I kind of wish I’d had the panini in retrospect. Mostly because the aioli was lost in this pepper-vessel version, although it did add to the overall rich creaminess, of the eggs.

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And because my friend and I are actually fatties at heart, we ordered this delectable biscuit with honey butter to share. Yes, it looks like fried chicken, and tasted like heaven. This is what you’re salty-sweet food fantasies are made of.

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Egg Shop

151 ELIZABETH ST. NEW YORK, NY 10012

(646) 666-0810

What I Ate Wednesday #4

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First WIAW in a long time!

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Breakfast: yummy Kashi cereal with extra cinnamon on top. I eat my cereal and drink my coffee with almond milk. To me, cereal is kind of a treat for breakfast.

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Snack: fresh passion fruit, yum! I love that this fruit is both tangy and sweet.

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Lunch: so, disclosure: this day was awhile ago. To be honest, I can’t remember what this was. It looks like a salad with cheese, peas, avocado… salami? I’m not sure, but it looks yummy!

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Snack: chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, since, as you know by now, I need chocolate almost every day.

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Dinner: For some reason, I ate a snack for dinner this night. Does anyone else enjoy apples with cheddar cheese?

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Dessert: white wine + dark chocolate M&Ms = instant dessert perfection.

I’ve definitely noticed a pattern in my diet: too much sugar (don’t forget, fruit is sugar too). Luckily, I’m currently reading a book called “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout” (review to come) so hopefully I can kick the habit, or at least reduce it, soon.

What did you eat today?


Book Review: 28 Days to Younger Skin

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A few weeks ago, I got to review the cookbook / nutrition guide 28 Days to Younger Skin. It is a fast-track program designed for people who have a special occasion coming up; so if you have a wedding, holiday, or any date by which you really want to look your best, this is for you. It can be used in conjunction with your current beauty routine or, the author suggests using the diet for before and after a cosmetic procedure (surgery) to optimize results and speed recovery. I say this: food can have a massive influence on the appearance of your skin. Therefore, if you have skin, and you care at all what it looks like, this is a great book for you.

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Why 28 days, you might ask? Well, it takes that long for the body to produce new cells in the deeper skin layers, and for those new cells to travel to the surface of your skin. So by day 28, it’s literally a new you! To be honest, I didn’t have the motivation of an upcoming important date, or any serious skin issues. So, I didn’t do the full 28-day program. But, the book states that the program is flexible (phew!) and I did follow the first 3-day detox pretty closely, so I will tell you all about it. I even include a before and after closeup below (* cringes * … you’re welcome!). (Here is a really good, much more comprehensive trial of the book and whole diet.)

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A little bit about the author, first: Karen Fisher lives in Australia and is an award-winning author, nutritionist, and former model. She includes so many fascinating scientific explanations in her book, such as why do women have more cellulite than men? (It’s because women have more fat cells for childbearing, and a thinner outer layer of skin; these two characteristics combine to cause cellulite, which is when fat cells are visible through the outer skin layer.)

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She also introduces the concept of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation End Products), foods that age your skin. I had never heard of these, and it was interesting to see her lists of high-AGE foods, with low-AGE alternatives. Karen covers the best and worst foods for your skin, how much you should eat, age considerations, etc. It is very comprehensive but also clear and straightforward, which is perfect for everyone, but especially if you’re new to nutrition. I can’t possibly include everything here, but other sections cover topics such as alkalizing beverages; makeup for younger skin; antioxidants; and more. There are also 50 recipes, which is the best part! Even if you don’t want to (or have the drive to!) follow the full 28-day plan, you can at least incorporate some of these recipes into your regular diet. Every day throughout the plan, you should exercise, drink plenty of water, and enjoy a few alkalizing drinks.

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Bran Muffins {Recipe}

My Yoganonymous horoscope told me that I should be cooking and baking last week, so I decided to finally try out this recipe that someone gave me months ago. I was very skeptical, since I had never eaten All Bran, and when I tried a small taste of it (plain), it was disgusting. Imagine eating that styrofoam popcorn packing stuff. I imagine it tastes similar to All Bran. However, somehow this recipe totally transformed the All Bran into DELICIOUS, nutritious muffins. I added a handful of dried tart cherries, and a handful of walnuts to the batter right before baking. These were a big hit with everyone I shared them with (warning: the recipe makes almost 60 muffins!!!)

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Bran Muffins

  • 6 cups All Bran
  • 1 lb (3 cups) chopped dates
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 qt buttermilk
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 tsp baking soda
  • 5 eggs
  1. Mix bran, dates and boiling water – let stand
  2. Cream butter & sugar – add eggs
  3. One at a time add dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk (add bran mixture last)
  4. Bake 15-20mins at 400 degrees

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What I Ate Wednesday #3

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This is a really old WIAW, from the fall, when I was still working in Kailua. I began this day with two Wasa Crackers. For some reason, I actually like them, even though they are completely tasteless. I put peanut butter on them, and had coffee on the side. I drink coffee pretty much every day.

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I took my lunch break at work, next door at Whole Foods. I always just grab a little bit of everything there. I find that it’s generally hit or miss.

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Unfortunately, I seem to think that both lunch and dinner are followed by dessert. I had a chocolate peanut butter cup.

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It was a long work day, so I also had another coffee (my phone was partially broken at this time, which is why all these pictures are blurry).

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At home later than evening, I had a homemade dinner of pasta (yes, even that was homemade previously, I took it out of the freezer) with olive oil, broccoli, peas, sun-dried tomato and artichoke. Yum!

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Second dessert of the day was a triple chocolate brownie and a small cup of almond milk. Does anyone else have a chocolate problem? Seriously, I think I’m addicted!

What I Ate Wednesday #2

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I ate way too much fruit on this day last week, which is weird for me, because I’m not a huge fruit enthusiast. Here’s the reason that ended up happening, though: I had a yoga photo shoot with Lily Lotus on Saturday (eep!) so last week, I tried to eat cleaner, so I would look my best over the weekend. My main goal was to cut out added sugar, but I think that I ended up eating more sugar overall, with all the fruit. It’s making me a little nauseated just thinking about all the fruit… read on, and let me know what you think of this odd day of eats.

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Breakfast was a homemade acai bowl made with coconut water and wheatgrass powder, topped with homemade cherry-walnut-coconut-quinoa granola. Iced coffee with almond milk. After this I took my friend’s yoga class, a led half-primary (Ashtanga).

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I came home, showered, and headed out to teach my first yoga class of the day. On my way I ate a delicious starfruit from my dad’s colleague’s yard (#HawaiiPerks).

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After that class, I snacked on two cute clementines.

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Then I got to work, and for lunch I had a Fage Greek Yogurt…

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And a small pack of Maui Onion macadamia nuts.

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I don’t know what compelled me to have a sweet tooth, but I had a nibble of this stevia Gingerbread chocolate, leftover from the holidays. Yuck. I only had a little, since it wasn’t that appealing. 

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After teaching another yoga class, and staying to take a restorative/yin class afterwards, I got home and made my weird dinner plate: Babybel Lite Cheese, hummus, local cucumber. This was actually really delicious (and savory! at last).

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Apparently tons of fruit and the earlier chocolate weren’t enough to satisfy my incessant sweet tooth, which I should really just go ahead and rename my Chocolate Tooth. So, I had a couple chocolate chips to end the evening.

What did you eat today? Do you ever try to eat clean but end up eating really weirdly all day?


What I Ate Wednesday #1

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Since we’re sort of starting over on ValerieBrett.com after eyechow, I decided to start numbering my WIAW posts, rather than labeling where I was that day (let’s be honest: I’m probably at home in Honolulu).

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A couple weeks ago now, in January, I tried out this CocoMama quinoa cereal that was one of my Christmas stocking stuffers!

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It didn’t look pretty since I ate it straight from the pan, but it was quick and easy to make. I mixed in Sun Potion’s Prash (a mixture of ghee, honey and healing herbs) and local bee pollen. I probably wouldn’t have chosen the fruity flavor for myself, but it wasn’t bad. WIAWMy first snack was an apple banana with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter (omg!) – a combination I highly recommend. 
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I found a huge, glass cup with a lid for $6 at Williams Sonoma recently and I love filling it with coffee or chai and almond milk, on the go. This is what my car looks like most days as I run between jobs and teaching yoga: books everywhere, big coffee, cute lunchbox.

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I’m a big snacker. My next one was this adorable little local tangerine. Yum!

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As a midday pick-me-up, I had a Peppermint Bark tea, leftover from a box my friend sent me over the holidays 🙂 FullSizeRender_2

It didn’t quite satisfy the sugar chocolate craving I had, though, so I had to have some dark chocolate. FullSizeRender_3

Next I worked my second job, then headed to teach my late Wednesday yoga class. On the way, I snacked on an apple sauce and Maui onion macadamia nuts.
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I taught my power yoga class, and we had live music! If that’s something you’re interested in, follow me on Instagram, which is where I announce my special events. 

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After class, my boyfriend made a simple sauce for butternut squash ravioli: olive oil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.

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For dessert, I dug into another one of my Christmas gifts: organic candy drops.FullSizeRender_2

These are perfect because they come in awesome tropical flavors, and are really small and sweet, meaning you can satisfy your sweet tooth with just one.

 

What did you eat today?